Gemini News Archive

Phoenix: Spectra from the commissioning and Demonstration Science run

Phoenix underwent commissioning on Gemini South in December 2001. The first science observing programs were performed in early February 2002

Gemini Observatory Celebrates Historic First for Observational Astronomy

Gemini South, the second of the Gemini telescopes to look skyward, was dedicated on its perch on Cerro Pachón in the Chilean Andes.

Brown Dwarf Found Around Nearby, Sun-Like Star

Astronomers using adaptive optics on the Gemini North and Keck telescopes have taken an image of a brown dwarf orbiting a nearby star similar to the Sun.

Astronomers Discover Edge-On Protoplanetary Disk in Quadruple Star System

Astronomers using the recently commissioned Gemini North telescope have discovered a protoplanetary disk orbiting one of the stars in a newborn quadruple star system. 

Media Invited to Gemini South Dedication January 18, 2002, La Serena and Cerro Pachón, Chile

On January 18, 2002, the Gemini Observatory will celebrate a significant milestone with the dedication of the Gemini South telescope facility at the summit of Cerro Pachón, Chile. 

Gemini Observation Deepens Mystery of Local Active Galaxy

In the deepest ground-based mid-infrared image ever, the Gemini North Telescope reveals that the mysterious environment around one of the most massive black holes in the Universe is missing a key feature predicted by astronomical theory.

Gemini Observatory Captures "Perfection" With Early Image From New High-Tech Instrument

GMOS image of the large galaxy in Pisces called NGC 628 (or Messier 74), the "Perfect Spiral Galaxy," is released.

Gemini Spies Strong Stellar Gusts in Nearby Massive Star

The infrared image, taken by the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, reveals remarkable details in a nebula of gas and dust expelled from a young star named AFGL 2591.

Gemini Cuts Deep Into Galactic Core with Release of First Data

The first scientific observations from the Gemini North telescope provide a dramatic glimpse into the elusive core of the Milky Way, including an intriguing bow-shock from a star as it plows into a poorly understood gas cloud a mere 3 light-years from the galactic center.

8.1-Meter Mirror Crosses Oceans to Reach Gemini Telescope

After traveling in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, through the Panama Canal and up a steep, narrow mountain road to a remote peak in Chile, the mirror arrived safely at the Gemini South Observatory on March 17th, 2000. 

New Telescope Gives Astronomers a Clearer Vision of the Universe

At the dedication ceremony on Mauna Kea today, astronomers revealed some of the sharpest infrared images ever obtained by a ground-based telescope. 

Globular Cluster NGC 6934

The adaptive optics images of NGC 6934 taken by Hokupa'a on Gemini Observatory telescope on Mauna Kea.

Gemini Observatory Receives Funding to Take Mauna Kea Internet Access to New Heights

The Gemini Observatory has received NSF funding to support a significant expansion of the internet connection speed between its Mauna Kea observatory, its Hilo headquarters in University Park, and the rest of the world.

Gemini Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea Reaches Several Milestones

Over the past two weeks, the Gemini North telescope near the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea has succeeded in accomplishing several key steps in the completion of this state-of-the-art 8-meter telescope facility.

Gemini's Public Information Officer Opens the Public Information and Outreach Office

"Gemini Observatory Update", to appear in Hilo's Tribune Herald , Friday August 7th, by Peter Michaud of the Gemini Public Information and Outreach Office.

8.1 Meter Gemini Observatory Mirror Delivered to Mauna Kea

 The largest single-piece telescope mirror ever to travel to Mauna Kea arrived safely at its final destination, 13,780 feet above sea level, on Sunday, June 28th.

Australia to Share in "Heavenly Twins"

The Australian Academy of Science today welcomed the announcement that Australia is to join the International Gemini Project.  Australia will contribute a 5% share through the Australian Research Council. 

First Gemini 8-meter Mirror is Best of Its Size

Polishing of the first 8.1-meter blank was successfully completed in early January by REOSC in France. The test results are outstanding and meet or exceed all Gemini specifications for optical performance.

Adrian Russell Appointed UK ATC Director

PPARC announced today that the first Director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh will be Dr Adrian Russell.

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